Photography by Ian L. Sitren

Posts tagged “Palm Springs photographer

Film Was Is Good

I was still shooting film for my gym features long after everyone else went to digital. Here my buddy Jake Sawyer was the subject for me shooting a Leica M7 with Kodak Tri-X film. I love the look of film shot with a Leica and still do.

I did have to go digital to accommodate the need for fast turnaround when I was shooting bodybuilding and fitness competitions. Most of the time the photos were uploaded and online for my client, Bodybuilding.com, by the next morning. More of the photos would then go to the magazines and be in the next print issues. I was shooting 25 – 30 competitions per year all around the country.

Jake Sawyer


Curls and Pivotal

Among the things I do best, bodybuilding and fitness photography. And that is where I have been published many thousands of times over around the world.  This photo of my friend Travis Ely doing curls from one of our shoots a few years ago.

However this photograph has another point to it that was pivotal for me. This photo was done with what was at the time, the latest Hasselblad digital camera. Although I had been shooting other digital cameras at the time, for shoots like this I was still shooting medium format film. The Hasselblad gave me the colors, skin tone and look that I preferred in film.

For you photographer out there; this was shot with the Hasselblad H4D-40 with the HC80mm lens. No additional lighting, just the overhead gym lighting and natural light coming in from the large front windows. ISO 800, f2.8 and 1/60th second, processed in Hasselblad Phocus. Hasselblad files processed in Phocus create an almost magical perfect result. Thanks!

Travis Ely


NAF El Centro Not This Year

Last year headed to the airshow at NAF El Centro with the Palm Springs Air Museum. I was flying alongside in either a T-28 Trojan or P-51 Mustang, I don’t recall which. I have flown in this C-47 hundreds of times. Anyway the airshow this year of course was cancelled. Sheltering at home.


More Than 6 ft

This is more than 6 ft but still a no-no. Miss doing these photo shoots. Sheltering at home.

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Enough Of March

I moved on to April and turned the page. This is April in one of the Pirelli Calendars hanging in my office. About as close as I can get right now to photographing Pirelli style. Sheltering in place.

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Is This 6 ft?

Trying to figure out how to do some photo shoots. Is this 6 ft? OK, sheltering at home. Thanks!

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Submarine Social Distancing

It is a room with a view but social distancing probably would not work. Barely had enough room to shoot a photo (Hasselblad digital camera). Sheltering in place.

San Diego Excursion